The Second Line Parade
One of the most popular traditions during New Orleans weddings is the famous Second Line parade. At a wedding if signifies the start of a new beginning of life
for the bride and groom. A Brass band leads the bridal party and the guests from the church to the reception venue or it may take place at the reception itself. A Second Line Parade has two parts. The first line is usually a brass band and the ones being honored, the bride and groom. The newly married couple leads the Second Line holding uniquely decorated umbrellas or parasols. Many couples opt to add a grand marshal, an energetic local who heads the parade. All of there guest who want to join in the celebration make up the Second Line. They form a line behind the band and the newly married couple, dancing and strutting to the lively music with handkerchiefs or cocktail napkins!
Incorporating a Second Line Parade into your wedding is very simple. See below for permitting information and more.
Street Parade Permit Information:
After choosing your Second Line parade route, you will need to file a permit with the City of New Orleans. The application must be submitted at least 15 days prior to your parade and fees differ based on the route and length. Link to more information and application with the City of New Orleans One Stop: Click here
After One Stop receives Parade Permit a notification of the event will be sent to the New Orleans Police Department, Special Events Division and they will contact the bride to finalize all details. Contact: NOPD Special Events Division, 504-658-6201 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mardi Gras Indians
Want to add a little Mardi Gras to your wedding? One of New Orleans favorite traditions comes from the African-American culture, Mardi Gras Indians.
Even though the origin of the tradition is unknown, the century old tradition of certain New Orleans’ African-American males dressing on Mardi Gras Day in elaborate Indian costumes has become a staple of our community.
Many brides pay homage to the Mardi Gras Indian tradition by including it into part of their wedding celebration. Whether, leading the second line parade or announcing the Bride and Groom at the reception – the Mardi Gras Indians are a show stopper.
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